Ivan Meštrović, a master Croatian sculptor -Travel Photo Mondays
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When you take a minute to look at the simplicity and sensual lines of his work, you will understand and see the genius of Ivan Meštrović. A beloved sculpture and native son of Split, this is Croatia’s most famous artist and his stunning museum gallery is located on a beautiful parcel along the coastline just outside of Split with magnificent views looking out into Adriatic ocean.
This magnificent gallery/museum was his personal home and was eventually converted into a museum with many of his masterpieces. The home commands a stunning view of the coastline to Split – it must have been spectacular to look at this view every morning with the vast Dalmatian coastline spread out to enjoy and draw inspiration. The summer home has many of his paintings, drawings, sculpture, furnishings and design work open for the public to enjoy and see his all of his creative genius in one place.
The home was turned into a museum after Meštrović donated the property in 1952, along with over 132 of his monumental pieces to be displayed as a part of the museum’s holdings. It is a beautiful collection of his work left intact in an architectural home – that in itself, is a work of art.
If you do get a chance to visit Split, Croatia – plan on visiting this wonderful museum just outside of the city. It’s a fantastic place to visit and enjoy Meštrović’s artwork – the way it was intended to be held and presented as a whole collection in his beautiful summer home. Did you enjoy visiting the Meštrović gallery for Travel Photo Mondays? Thank you for visiting us today, please do check out these other bloggers below by clicking on their links.
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Yes! Finally someone writes about baldacchino.
Mestrovic was such a masterful sculptor! We really enjoyed visiting his gallery outside Split – not just for the sculptures, but also for the lovely rural setting and views…
Such an amazing man and artist. We tried last year to buy one of his sketches, in Prague. We drove home without stopping sad it went just over our budget 🙁
Croatia is such an amazing place to enjoy the views and these masterpieces of art. How perfect to see his art in this museum.
I’m not sure I particularly appreciate Meštrović’s work but I do love that beautiful view of the Adriatic. What a stunning location!
I hadn’t heard of Meštrović, but the sculptures look amazing – and it looks as if the museum is in a spectacular location as well! Great photos.
At first glance, before I read the text, I could have sworn the Pieta was Michelangelo’s. Mestrovics is new to me also. Yet another reason to visit Croatia.
I always love finding a new and interesting museum, like this one, when I travel~
The bronze man sculpture is really something – lots of interpretations I imagine – but he looks to be screaming out in agony. Life gone wrong, mistakes made?
I love museums of all types. I always find myself wondering if the artists have super human powers since I can’t draw a stick figure. Beautiful photos as always and thank you for the opportunity to leave my link 🙂
Some lovely pictures, and nice looking sculpture – but blown away by the location of the museum. I really must get to the Adriatic one day!
You have introduced me to an artist I had never heard of! I love that about travel. You get to see the most impressive works that you never would have researched if you were in your living room. My daughter left for Europe today and a visit to Split is on her itinerary!
Those sculptures are really fab! I really want to go to Croatia!
Croatia is on our travel bucket list (hopefully 2015) so I really appreciated your beautiful photos and the story accompanying them. Lovely post!
Great photostory noel! I am loving your Croatia series, there are so many places you are making me discover!
Amazing art and photos….
Stunning photos and gorgeous marble sculptures! Thank you for the artful tour this Monday morning Noel… I still can’t get over the dreamy view of the Adriatic beyond the columns. Will have to put Croatia and Meštrović on my to do list 🙂
I have never heard of this sculptor, but he is obviously very talented. I really like that this collection is displayed in his beautiful summer home. It makes it seem more personal and that the visitors might get a better sense of the artist versus if it was displayed in an unrelated museum. And wow, what a view he had to inspire him!
Beautiful sculptures 🙂
With his classical style, I really like the bronze (in the middle) – in particular how the position of the hands seem so natural!
Wow, such powerful work (and a lovely setting). I can see why he’s such a beloved son.
Thanks for the introduction, Noel.
A very interesting post. If I ever find myself in Split — which, admittedly, is not likely — this would be a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
Thank you for sharing your photos Noel! It really looks like a great museum in an excellent location that seems more than perfect for drawing inspirations… 🙂
Hi Noel, I have not heard of Meštrović. Thanks for the introduction. I found his works very powerful especially the Madonna and Christ and the bronze study. The location of museum sounds spectacular. Will definitely keep this in mind when I visit split.